I found it really difficult to slog through the politics in the beginning, but after I got what kind of information Harry Pendel was giving to AndrewI found it really difficult to slog through the politics in the beginning, but after I got what kind of information Harry Pendel was giving to Andrew Osnard, things really started getting hilarious (and exciting)....more
Woah. Spooky. Had the same nostalgic feel as Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Will have to do a closer reading of it, since I missed a loWoah. Spooky. Had the same nostalgic feel as Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Will have to do a closer reading of it, since I missed a lot of the finer details. But it's really good. Sometimes got a bit confused between the present and the memories, but it's really good....more
Just couldn't get the image of Emily Blunt as Rita out of my head :o
The book itself is brilliant, absolutely gripping and very fast-paced. It's a veryJust couldn't get the image of Emily Blunt as Rita out of my head :o
The book itself is brilliant, absolutely gripping and very fast-paced. It's a very good, quick read. The only reason I gave it a 4 star rating is because I didn't expect it to end it when it did. I'm not disappointed with the ending, but I was surprised that it ended when it did. Needless to say, the book ending is quite different to the movie ending, but neither ending ruins the experience of the other medium's story (and ending). ...more
I haven't felt this much despair since I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Mockingjay was full of misery and I felt quite depressed after reaI haven't felt this much despair since I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Mockingjay was full of misery and I felt quite depressed after reading it, but nothing compares to reading about the characters you've basically grown up with facing the "real" world outside of school, going through all sorts of obstacles that forced them to make some very difficult decisions. Harry, Ron, Hermione, I thought nothing could compare with your story.
But then I read The House of Hades.
(view spoiler)[ I thought the ending of The Mark of Athena was pretty devastating, but Percy and Annabeth's chapters in The House of Hades was much, much worse. I was constantly sniffling when I read their chapters in the first half of the book. They went through so much pain and suffering, not only from the Tartarus environment, but also from enemies they encountered. The worst thing was them having to face the consequences of hurting so many people and monsters during their lives as demigods. Because after they are killed, monsters are sent to Tartarus, we not only see some new enemies, but also meet some familiar ones. Percy and Annabeth experienced some really horrific things while they were in Tartarus, but thank the gods they had each other. Percabeth has been my OTP since the very first Percy Jackson book, so dear Rick Riordan, I'm not even asking for a happy ending, just please, please, please keep them both alive by the end of the series!
The crew on the Argo II didn't have it much better either. Leo, Piper, Jason, Hazel, and Frank each had their own defining moments, but it was Hazel and Frank who had the biggest roles in The House of Hades. Throughout their journey, Hazel must learn magic so she could defeat a sorceress at the House of Hades; while in Venice, Frank finally came to accept the fact (and the gifts/skills/blessings given to him) that he was the son of a war god, a blessing that he then used to lead a ghost army of Roman legionnaires in their battle at the House of Hades. Leo was funny as usual, but there was also a new intensity to him, like he was more obsessed with his tinkering and snapped easier when something went wrong. I was heartbroken when I read his chapters in Ogygia, even though it was a short break from all the dark chapters in Tartarus. Meanwhile, I still think Piper and Jason are a bit meh. Piper is awesome when she's not just thinking about Jason, and she did become more badass by getting better at using charmspeak and learning swordfighting, sadly I still don't find her as interesting as the others. As for Jason, well, he's as stiff as ever, but I liked how his and Nico's confrontation with Cupid was told from Jason's point-of-view. I thought it was one of his finer moments as a leader and as a friend.
In The House of Hades, we learn a lot more about Nico and Reyna. I had always found Nico endearing, and the pronouncement of his sexuality doesn't change how I feel about him. If anything, it helps me understand his character better, his dynamics with Percy, and why he stays away from others. (hide spoiler)]
I liked The House of Hades better than The Mark of Athena, but to say if it's better or not would take a second read, which I'm not ready to do just yet because I'm still trying to get over all the feels and despair that I felt while reading it. Having some of my characters in a really horrible place, with a seemingly doomed future, made me much more emotionally invested in this book. In fact, I had to put the book down a couple of times because some of the suffering that Percy and Annabeth went through in Tartarus were a bit too much too bear. Overall, though, I think it's one of the best books in the series aaand I cannot wait until The Blood of Olympus comes out next year!
The best thing about this book is that it easily swept me into a world where people overlap with spirits overlap with memories overlap with timeUmm...
The best thing about this book is that it easily swept me into a world where people overlap with spirits overlap with memories overlap with time.
How about the story, though? The ending?
It's really hard to say, because by the end there are still so many questions left unanswered. But I do think that it was only in the end that readers finally understand (or at least have an idea) of why the main character, Kafka, is the way he is. And also the reason why he ran away from home, what he's searching for and what he's escaping from. I think these questions can be answered with a pretty concrete answer. As for the smaller details - well, I think that Murakami left a lot of things open for the readers own interpretation. It's a bit frustrating, but this is definitely the type of book that needs a second reading to pick up the details and get a better understanding.
But honestly, the way Murakami builds the atmosphere, and how Kafka seems to be longing for something even though he appears like the world's "toughest fifteen-year-old" - this is what makes reading this book so compelling. This is just my first impression though, and I have to say that the journey of reading this book actually beats the story itself.
Twelve hours later, I still feel like a part of me is still reading the book, trying so hard to understand the world where reality, dreams and memory overlap in Kafka on the Shore....more